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ERIC Number: ED369862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
The Mobility Strategies of Successful Hispanic High School Students.
Muskal, Fred; Chairez, Maria
This study examined how successful Hispanic American high school students have managed their upward mobility, specifically the decision to work hard and get to college. The sample consisted of 115 participants at the annual Hispanic Youth Conference in Sacramento (California). Why the students decided on college, how they planned to get there, and the strategies they pursued to deal with peers and school to achieve success were studied. Following modifications of the typology of Ogbu (1978) and the concept of eth-class of Gordon (1964), students were divided into caste, immigrant, and autonomous groups. Caste students need teacher help and are willing to fight the bureaucracy to take needed classes. Immigrant students benefit from school programs and some parental help and try to mentor others. Autonomous students choose to segregate their peer relationships by activity and receive mostly parental mentoring. From the experiences of these students, a list of suggested student strategies was prepared. Strategies include peer management, commitment to a hard work model, and never giving up on oneself. Specific strategies are suggested for teachers in the areas of: (1) finding common errors, (2) forming homework groups, (3) mentoring students, and (4) increasing opportunities for upward movement in school. Some suggestions are made for the entire school as well. (Contains 3 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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